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Friesen, Mary

On November 5, 2010, Mary Friesen passed away peacefully at Jubilee Manor in Nelson, with family members at her side. Her independent living had ended after a stroke in April 2007. She was born as Mary Loewen on August 22, 1922, near Steinbach, Manitoba, eldest of 10 children. She is survived by four sisters and three brothers. She married Aaron Friesen on May 23, 1943, and five daughters were born to them. They farmed in rural Manitoba, gradually increasing their involvement in home missions until they joined the Shantymen’s Christian Association full time in 1966. They moved to B.C. in 1973, leading a small church in Lone Butte before retiring to Nelson in 1978. Mary had a firm belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. She prayed faithfully for hundreds of friends, acquaintances, family members, and missionaries for many years. Her prayers will be greatly missed. She and Aaron gave generously of finances and family so that the good news of Jesus might be shared around the world. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Aaron, in 1998. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Barbara and Marshall Siddall of Durham, Ontario; Diana and Mike Henderson of Sanford, Florida; Betty and Wayne Hohn of Nelson, BC; Millie and Jim Wilhelmson of Racine, Wisconsin; and Valerie and Jim Comer of Creston, BC. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, their spouses, and sixteen greatgrandchildren: Mark and Nikki Siddall (Anne, Emily, Caleb, Faith) of California; Rachel and Alan Whatley (Judah, Miriam) of Indonesia; Philip and Elin Henderson (Callie, Elias) of Mozambique; Barry and Liz Henderson (Reece, Jacob) of Florida; Leslie and Ben Cork of Florida; Susan Dewbre of Vancouver; Stephanie Hohn of Nelson; Barbara and Blair Stevenson (Micah) of Cranbrook; Karen and David Eck (Katie, Floyd, Holly) of Wisconsin; Paul Wilhelmson of Indonesia; Hanna and Craig Sandvig (Siri) of Castlegar; and Joel and Jen Comer of Creston.

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